Youth Mission Trip Update


Reminder: The next Child Protection Class and Student Orientation is next Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 to noon at Freeland UMC. If you are planning on attending please RSVP by email so I have an idea of how many to expect that day.

Correction: Another student orientation is being offered at Saginaw First UMC on Tuesday, June 12. Dinner is at 5:00pm. Orientation is 6:00-8:00pm. I had incorrectly listed this orientation as Wednesday, June 13.

Hello friends!

Many changes are taking place in our district and one of those changes is the leadership for our summer mission trip. Hi! My name is Heather Nowak and I’m the new leader for our mission trip. As the mission trip quickly approaches there are few things that need your immediate attention!

Final Payment – Final payments are due ASAP. If you are unsure of your remaining balance please respond to this email and I will get the total to you. All checks must be submitted to the District Office.

Fill Out “Participant Info Form” on the Group Website– Parents or Guardians of youth and Leaders must also register on the group website. Follow the link and instructions listed below:  

On the left-hand side, click on “Participant Info Form” and complete form for each student or Leader.

There is a lot of information on the Group website, including packing list– please explore and ask questions! A more detailed itinerary is coming soon!.  


Student Orientation- All youth must attend 1 of the student orientations. Parents are welcome to stay for a Q&A session. Orientation will cover expectations of the youth, what to expect while on the trip, preparing for the trip, and more.

-Saturday, May 19 at Freeland UMC in Freeland at 9:00am

-Sunday, June 10 at Pinconning UMC in Pinconning at 5:00pm, dinner included

-Wednesday, June 13 at Saginaw First in Saginaw at 6:00pm, dinner at 5:00pm


Leaders: Have you taken the new DAC Child Protection Policy?  If not – please sign up for one of the following child protection class! YOU MUST ATTEND ONE of these trainings or you will not be allowed on the youth mission trip this year. If neither of these dates work for you, there is a flyer attached with additional trainings throughout Michigan.

-May 5 at Trinity UMC in Chesaning starting 9:00am.

-May 19 at Freeland UMC in Freeland starting at 9:00am.  

It will be helpful for you to have the child protection forms completed before the day of the training so that the facilitator can send it in along with the test on your behalf.  The package must be complete with 3 reference forms (complete, signed and dated from individuals who are not related to you and have known you for a year). It is best to submit ALL documentation together on the DAY OF the training.  Please come prepared so that we can ensure the paperwork is submitted in a proper fashion and that you are authorized to be on the trip.

An additional background check is needed for Group specifically- more information coming soon, we will cover the cost – you just need to complete them when we get them set up!

Want to bring a friend?  Spaces are still available!  Register ASAP!

Finally – if you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at

or call at (586)718-3354. More emails coming soon, stay tuned!


Rev. Heather Nowak